Ask Kari: My co-worker always stinks of marijuana — help!

Dear Kari,

My colleague at work smokes marijuana on daily basis. I know he gets to do his own thing outside of work, but I feel that I am forced to share in his habit based on the smell that overtakes our shared office each day. What should I do? Tell him he needs to tone down his usage personally or talk to human resources?

– Over It

Dear Over It,

I am sorry that you are struggling with environmental comfort in your work environment. I recommend you ask to speak with your office roommate first. Tell him you respect his desire to smoke marijuana while away from the office, but the odor from doing so is transferring into your joint office space. Ask him to consider toning down his usage to help decrease the odor he brings into the office. Hopefully speaking to him directly will address the issue. If not, I would talk to your manager or human resources department for additional support and guidance. Good luck!

– Kari

As published in the July 2019 issue of Connections.

About Kari:

Kari O’Neill, MSW, LICSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a resident of Issaquah Highlands.

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